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leading the air assault on libyan air defense and assets on the ground, the u.s. will pull back and hand over command and control to someone. when? >> we anticipate this transition to take place in a matter of days and not a matter of weeks. >> reporter: the u.s. role will then shift to providing logistical support while the uk, france, italy and other countries enforce the no-fly zone. but no one will say how long that will last. >> i wouldn't speculate in terms of length at this particular point in time. >> reporter: after all, the no-fly zone over iraq ended from the end of gulf war i to the beginning of gulf war ii, 11 years. >>> there is now growing international disagreement over the u.s.-led attacks. norway with drew its planes because it was unsure about which country was in charge. meanwhile, russian prime minister vladimir putin railed against the air strikes as outside meddling, saying it is, quote, reminiscent of a medieval call for a crusade when someone called on others to go and liberate something. >>> and be sure to stay with abc news all day as we continue our c
is allowing family members of u.s. government workers in japan to evacuate. arrangements are being made for charter flights. an earlier white house order told americans in japan to stay at least 50 miles away from the fukushima nuclear plant. japanese military helicopters have been dropping water on that crippled plant today. they're hoping the aerial assault will cool off the reactors and avoid a total meltdown. >>> the japanese stock market opened lower today. taking back yesterday's gains. the yen soared to a new high against the dollar on the currency markets. >>> finally, while the world watches the tragic events in japan, many wonder what we can do here to help. this includes one little massachusetts girl. >> she sprang into action selling her most precious items in hopes that she can help those who need it the most. here's tricia taskey of our affiliate wggb. >> here. >> this is autumn. and it's going to be hard for me to give her away. >> reporter: 7-year-old sage freeman is parting with some of her toys. >> this is tigger. >> tigger is going to be hard. >> reporter: the florenc
arranged by u.s. embassy left friday morning. there is a bus on its way from sendai to tokyo right now and many will also be taking those charter flights back to the u.s. it's the first wave of american citizens who will be making their way back home out of concern for uncertainty of the nuclear threat on the ground. all of the focus on the nuclear reactor, though, has overshadowed a humanitarian crisis that continues to unfold to the north of us. the death toll now stands at more than 6,000, more than 10,000 still missing. and we're hearing some evacuation centers are still waiting for supplies a week after the earthquake hit. >> and, akiko, one of the factors of this story many people continue to worry about are the workers there around the plant, in the plant. what is the latest on them? >> reporter: well, we are learning more about the operation that's under way. we understand there's about 20 0 to 300 workers involved in this last-ditch effort. they're rotating about 50 workers at a time. we know they're sleeping in a small living room. they are running out of food. we have not le
nuclear plant. >> today a team of experts from the u.s. are expected to be on hand to help monitor the damaged reactors. you can also bet they'll have one of these, a geiger counter. the bbc's david shukman explains what they can expect when they get there. >> reporter: day after day, new threats emerge at fukushima, multiple explosions, sudden rises in radiation, a scene so hazardous only 50 workers are left on site to try to bring things under control. getting hard information about the fate of the power station is proving really difficult. here's what we think is happening. reactor one, its outer building exploded on saturday. there's probably been a partial melting inside. and they're still pumping in seawater. reactor two, the most worrying, with an explosion here last night and crucially a potential breach inside it. the first possible damage to any of the reactors. it's thought that this device down below, which handles excess pressure, may have been breached. and this could be one source of leaking radiation. now, reactor three is also in trouble with an explosion of the ou
harmful than radiation in the air. here in the u.s., border agents. >> they picked up radioactive blueberries coming from russia. that system is now in place, screening over 99% of our food that comes in here. i think it's safe. >> reporter: the carrier "uss george washington" moved out of tokyo bay last week was moved further off the coast out of concern it could be exposed to too much radiation. >> t.j. winick, thank you. >>> back here in the united states, hundreds of home near denver are being threatened by wildfires burning in nearly perfect conditions. flames are being pushed by winds up to 40 miles an hour. there's plenty of dry vegetation, also very low humidity. one official even called it, quote, a recipe for a fire disaster. more crews are being added to the effort today. >>> meanwhile, salvage cruise near san francisco are trying to round up more than a dozen sailboats that washed ashore there. the boats got stuck on rocks and beaches after breaking from their morings over the weekend. cruise inspecting the boats say most will probably have to be scrapped. the coast gu
there for the u.s. dollars is $32 a bulb. >> we were inspired. we both designed a bulb and installed them here. let's see how they >>> this morning on "world news now" -- breaking news. the nuclear threat in japan forces president obama to begin american evacuations. >> and because of a meltdown risk, families of u.s. embassy employees in japan are being urged to get out. it's thursday, march 17th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> and good morning, everyone, i'm mike marusarz in for rob nelson. >> i'm peggy bunker. that late development about evacuations of u.s. embassy families comes as a japanese military takes desperate steps to avoid a nuclear meltdown. can choppers with water make any difference? >>> also ahead, tough questions about nuclear safety here in the u.s. as the president stands by his plans to build more plants. >>> also, one very personal fund-raiser for tsunami and earthquake survivors in japan. a little girl's successful plan to sell her toys in order to raise money. a very sweet story. >> it is a sweet story. >>> we begin with that urgent action to
received the first full face transplant in u.s. history. >> now, this is a procedure that will give a dad his face and also his life back. wcbb reports but we do want to warn you, there are some graphic images in this report. >> reporter: dallas wiens arrived at brigham women's hospital ready to make medical history. last week the 25-year-old became the recipient of first full facial transplant in the u.s. >> to see a face there now after the way he was before, but he looks great. >> reporter: in 2008 the texas man was electrocuted and severely burned after a cherry picker he was working in hit a live wire. the surgery took 15 hours and required a team of 30 doctors and nurses to attach an anonymous donor's nose, lips, facial skin, muscles, nerves and bones. >> he's a perfectly normal man from neck down. and his missing face and everything that brings that to life, so i think it will give him a new chance to reintegrate with his daughter, to be able to live a fulfilling life. >> reporter: wiens was blinded in the accident and remains so. a major goal of the surgery
in the u.s. customers can expect better coverage. and also fewer pricing plans. >> let's hope. >> let's hope so. >>> here's your monday forecast, everybody. have some heavy rain in southern california. showers in san francisco, portland and seattle. another 2 feet of snow in the sierra range and a foot in the southern rockies. showers from the upper midwest to the ohio valley. a wintry mix in northern new england and rain here in new york and in philly. >>> 70s from dallas and miami. 64 in omaha. 60s from billings to salt lake city. near 70 in phoenix. >>> well, it was a stunning close encounter that was simply out of this world. >> pretty cool. i don't know if anybody saw this around here. take a look at this. it looked to the heavens saturday night. you were probably treated to a full moon like none other. scientists call this a super moon because it came so close to the earth. the closest it's come in nearly two decades. >> after the super moon rose in the east it appeared 14% larger and 30% brighter than a regular full moon. you said your dad is really into astrono astrono astrono
developments on two big stories. is the u.s. preparing to bomb libya? the u.n.'s major decision to protect libyan civilians from the gadhafi regime. >>> and also the race to stop a nuclear disaster in japan. today's desperate emergency action to stop an all outright meltdown. it is friday, march 18th. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. >>> military action against libya could happen in just a matter of hours. meanwhile, moammar gadhafi's son interviewed exclusively with abc news is now responding and is as defiant as ever. >>> and as nuclear crisis escalates in japan, the west coast of the united states is now on alert already monitoring radiation levels there. >> it's funny, too, because they say they have those monitors up already. in seattle, your hometown, will be the first place to know if a wave does hit us. >> and the epa will be watching that closely. that's for sure. >>> we do begin with the dramatic decision to take military action in libya. the u.n. security council voted just hours ago. >> and now the u.s., france, britain and other countries ar
martha raddatz reports now on the u.s. response. >> reporter: dozens of helicopters from the carrier "uss ronald reagan" are delivering food and supplies nonstop. others are searching for the thousands still missing or stranded by the quake. and the ravaging waters that followed. seven u.s. ships with thousands of sailors aboard are now taking part in the effort with four more ships on the way. >> we're first to respond to anything that goes on in this world. i feel that we are -- we put our best effort forward and we give them all the resources that we would give anybody in america. >> reporter: marines from okinawa and dozens more transport helicopters have moved up the coast of japan. at least 100 air force personnel are working to restore electricity to an air base near the most effected areas. and the 150-member search and rescue teams from virginia and california that have been called upon in so many tragedies, will be moving out into the stricken towns. an indication just how desperate the japanese are for aid, in the 1995 earthquake there where 6,000 people died,
. >>> help from the u.s. is arriving in the quake zone. urban search and rescue teams from fairfax, virginia, and los angeles are joining rescuers from japan and other countries. highly drained dogs are able to detect live victims who might be buried in the debris. the teams land the at a u.s. air base about 150 miles north of sendai. >>> the nuclear fears from this crisis in japan are only raising concerns here in the u.s. what if such a disaster ever hit us here at home? david kerley has more on that. >> reporter: japan had never declared a nuclear emergency. it is dealing with six runaway reactors. two in dire shape. >> two reactors now where we have core that is partially melted. this is unprecedented. >> reporter: the good news, inside those buildings, the hot nuclear cores and their primary containment housings are said to be intact. but with no electricity, the japanese are reportedly using firetrucks, taking the drastic step of pumping sea water into the cores and flooding the containment housings of both reactors. a last-ditch effort to cool the cores to stop the nuclear reaction. >
, rebels and why the u.s. is involved. queries continue for details from japan as internet users look for information on the water supply and images of the disaster. look-ups for the shocking video showing the tsunami sweeping away entire communities are up 134%. word of elizabeth taylor's death sent people running to their laptops and smartphones as soon as the news broke. searches for her films, family and friendship with the late michael jackson soared off the chart. >>> in hollywood news people seemed to be obsessed with the ages of this season's contestants of "dancing with the stars." they're looking up the birthdays of kirstie alley, rob mash yo. "jersey shore" is spurs lots of buzz. snooki has become quite the internet darling. searches for her ramped up 773% this week. and she may have lots of potential dates after the show ends. two-thirds of those queries are coming from men, mostly in california, new jersey and illinois. it's no secret snooki has been a trend-setter when it comes to her hair. the snooki bump is the top searched hairstyle on yahoo! right now. other spring s
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. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, rob and peggy. u.s. officials are claiming early success after two straight nights of assaults on libya, but they're being less specific on how long this operation will last and what future role the u.s. will play. cruise missiles, stealth bombers and fighters pounded targets across libya. in tripoli anti-aircraft fire blazed into the sky. the scars in benghazi are raw. >> we die or we win. we have no other choice. we die or we win. >> reporter: the rebels say the attack on gadhafi's columns came just in time but saif gadhafi told abc news's christiane amanpour that the americans are supporting the wrong side. >> the americans and other western countries, you are supporting the terrorists and armed militia. that's it. >> reporter: libyan state tv showed what it said were civilians wounded by the coalition air raids. it aired a statement from colonel gadhafi -- >> translator: you are not capable of a prolonged -- for a prolonged war in libya. we consider ourselves ready for a long war. be aware of that. >> reporter: the next phase will be the no-f
gadhafi is under increased pressure from u.s. and international leaders, american warships on their way as a show of force. and questions about gadhafi's mental status following an interview he gave to christiane amanpour, first interview to reporters since the uprising began. >> they love me, all. >> reporter: if they do love you -- >> they will die to pro pekt me, my people. >> reporter: if you say they do love you, then why are they capturing bengazi -- >> it is al qaeda, it is al qaeda, not my people. al qaeda, yes. >> now, he laughed off the idea that he would ever leave libya, asking why would i leave my homeland? >>> in washington, u.s. ambassador to the united nations says gadhafi's comments seem, quote, delusional and some strong reaction among the opposition forces in libya who have taken over the city of benghazi. alex marquardt reports. >> reporter: this is hatred for gadhafi. the react to the interview with christiane amanpour ranged from disbelief to fury. >> everybody, even he lies, he knows he's lying and he knows people listening to him are aware he's lying. >> reporter
is facing now new pressure from congress over the u.s. military's role in libya. >> republicans are now demanding specifics from the president about his goals in libya. john hendren has the latest from washington. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning. as the military operation in libya enters its sixth day, at least in public, moammar gadhafi is showing no sign of giving up. sources say obama administration officials have told european allies they want to hand off control of the international operation in libya this week. nato is already activating ships and planes in the mid terrain yan, a move president obama describes as u.s. exit strategy. >> the exit strategy will be executed this week in the sense that we will be pulling back from our much more active efforts to shape the environment. >> reporter: in benghazi they're cheering a no-fly zone as airborne life line. pro-democracy rebels are holding onto that area. secretary of state hillary clinton calls it the humanitarian catastrophe that did not happen. >> gadhafi' troops were poised to enter benghazi over the weekend, put
for the u.s. military in libya. it's wednesday, march 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> and good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. gadhafi's claims of victory come hours after two american airmen ditch their 5-15 fighter jet in the middle of libyan territory. how they survived after is an amazing move. >>> also ahead, one year ago today, president obama signed into law the health care reform act. but we take a look. has it made a difference and where does that huge political fight now stand? i can't believe it's been a year after that epic battle. >> seemed like it just happened, i know. >>> and also later, probably the worst wedding video ever. they didn't want to know what shoes guests were wearing, but that's what they got. a newlywed's outrage, filing a lawsuit after they got that videotape back. >> a wedding video full of feet. not exactly what you want. >>> we do begin with a defiant moammar gadhafi appearing in public for the first time in a week to address his supporters in tripoli. he denounced the coalition attacks saying, q
. >> reporter: which is a lot more in u.s. dollars. >> beautiful. >> reporter: it fits. can i borrow it? >> that would be great. >> you know, bianna looks great. princess-like. i also think you would fit that bill, too, peggy. >> i would try it on. sure. >> look at that. princess bunker. >> oh, my goodness. you guys work fast. i could go for that. is wills available? maybe harry. >> this is your high school picture, right, a couple years ago, and you were princess for the day. >> that's right. i'm going to go with it. i'm going to say sure enough, that's it. harry's still single. >> i think you look beautiful. >> that's nice of you. thanks, mike. >>> we'll let you know about roseanne barr's huge dispute. it involves a neighbor, a goat and a gun. >>> and we're dropping kim ping kim n's jam here and here. kardashian's jam here and here. e dropping kim kardashian's jam here and here. "the skinny." rlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrll ♪ skinny so skinny ♪ >>> my favorite part of the day. it is that time for "the skinny." boy, we have juicy stuff. charlie sheen, his latest tweet came out moments ago. we
thought for his whole life he was an american citizen. he even fought for the u.s. in world war ii. >> nope, turns out he's canadian. davidson was actually born in british columbian to american parents. he found out about his situation when he went for a special driver's license. >> now lawmakers are helping him make the switch. he says he's going to celebrate when he becomes an american by sitting there, quote, keeping the la-z-boy warm. you are an american. >> ambitious. >> we'll be right back. ♪ ♪ i got troubles, oh ♪ but not today ♪ 'cause they're gonna wash away ♪ ♪ , ♪ , ♪ they're gonna wash away , ♪ oh, i'm gonna take them away >>> nfl owners approved an historic rule change tuesday to reduce injuries in pro football. kickoffs will now be moved up to the 35 yard line but touchbacks will stay at the 20. and defenders won't get a running start. owners approved the changes by a 30-2 vote and will-t will go into effect next season, if there is a next season. of course, the owners and players are still struggling with contract negotiations and the possible locko
crisis we've seen in haiti and new zealand as well. see who's prepared here in the u.s. and who is not. you think earthquakes you think california but that's not the hot spot in the country. it's crazy. >> a lot of other zones. it would surprise you. >>> also ahead, the millions of taxpayer dollars that should be helping companies develop alternative energy. well, where is that money really going? why is congress now investigating? >>> later this half hour, the nonprofit company that developed a web browser that competes with microsoft's internet explorer. see why the new version of firefox is so different. daniel sieberg techs it out. i like to say that. >> techs it out. >>> a major wake-up call for our nation in the wake of suffering overseas. it comes from our top scientists saying the u.s. is nowhere near prepared for a major earthquake. >> which is really scary. 39 of the 50 states, in fact, are at moderate to high risk for an earthquake. one of the riskiest states is tennessee, which sits on a fault line. steve osunsami reports from memphis. >> reporter: experts told us the japan
" proof of life. >> what the u.s. government is stage also the reaction from the overjoyed family. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning, everyone. i'm peggy bunker. >> i'm mike marusarz sitting in for rob nelson. that agent was working in iran when he disappeared and now u.s. officials say though don't know why they're finally getting this evidence that he's still alive. >> and also ahead, more navy officers get called on the carpet and punished. that's after a navy commander filmed anti-gay videos on the ship. the angry words from the top brass. >>> coming up later, the uproar at northwestern university, it's outside chicago. the story involves a sex toy demonstration done in the classroom. >> yeah, wait until you hear about this. pretty -- pretty saucy stuff. i don't know how to describe it. >> you could go a lot of different ways there. we'll leave it there. >> very well. >>> first, nearly four years after vanishing in iran, there is proof of life. the u.s. government says this morning a missing retired fbi agent is alive. >> that's right. as
" -- one-on-one. abc's christiane amanpour gets answers from moammar gadhafi in a u.s. exclusive. >> he insists the libyan people do not oppose him, that they love him. it's tuesday, march 1st. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> i'm peggy bunker. >>> moammar gadhafi's comments led to instant outrage from the white house and worldwide as opposition forces take down another libyan city. >> that interview is remarkable. it's like he has no real grasp what's happening outside his own -- >> his own mind, no comprehension of what's going on in the world, really. >> it really is a startling interview. stay tuned for that. >>> also ahead, convicted swindler bernie madoff's first recorded interview from prison. what he says about the billions lost and what has brought him to tears. some troubling things in terms of what he doesn't acknowledge even to this day. >> the lack of empathy for a lot of people watching that interview. >>> also coming up later, the smartphone app that helped a young driver beat a speeding ticket. see how
this morning, russian spy anna chapman was caught here in the u.s. and then, of course, dpee parted but she didn't go home in disgrace and she didn't exactly disappear welcome back into the shadows. instead she's got public in a very big way, except when it comes to her exploits as a secret agent. nick watt has her story. >> reporter: flamed hair femme fatale, undercover party girl. chapman was, well, the best looking of the russian spies spent home in disgrace. now she's got her own tv show. mysteries of the world with anna chapman. >> i never saw myself as a tv star. like, you know, most people, they dream of being a tv star, like they dream of fame. it never happened to me. i never even thought of that. >> reporter: the saucy spy posed for racy magazine spreads. there are anna chapman action dolls. she's moving into politics, trademarked her name and added volume to her hair. but this is her first foreign tv interview. it's quite unusual for a former secret agent to become a television star. >> who told you i was an agent? >> reporter: so, you deny being a secret agent? >> as i said befo
that fragile economy. >>> the u.s. military is operating helicopter rescue missions off the aircraft carrier "uss ronald reagan" and so far this morning they've rescued stranded survivors, delivered supplies and helped move injured to the hospital. as our christiane amanpour found out, so many much is needed. >> translator: i need food. i'm running out of food, says this business woman. the good news is some aid was prepositioned. part of japan's earthquake preparedness. we're trying to feed 2,000 people, maybe more. we'll continue as long as our rice lasts, says this aid worker. but the rice, like the rest of the supplies, is not nearly enough. so much more is needed and the effort is heshg lee yan. we saw that firsthand at the red cross command center here. what is your biggest challenge right now? >> the biggest challenge is for our relief operation at this moment is logistics. >> reporter: much of northern japan's infrastructure is in tathers as we saw from the air. coastal roads, bridges and rail system are all under water. making it nearly impossible to reach by land. so, for now, the
questions today about u.s. military involvement in libya. it's wednesday, march 23rd. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning, i'm peggy bunker. >> i'm rob nelson. secretary of state hillary clinton sat down with diane sawyer to answer questions about moammar gadhafi and when the u.s. might pull back from libya. secretary of state says could be a matter of days, but we'll see. >> very much an international effort. >>> also coming up, major development from japan. tokyo's tap water was just tested and now radiation levels there are unsafe. this is unsafe for babies. we're going to get the very latest live on that. >>> later in the show, we're turning away from our top story for a second to get you help around the house, including the latest robot that can vacuum and wash your floors for you. >> amen. >> amen is right. >> i need four of them. >> it would save so many arguments between me and jenny. oh, man. >>> first, we do have two u.s. airmen recovering this morning after their disabled warplane crashed in libya. >> abc's alex marquardt traveled to the remote
's agenda today and he will address the nation tonight to define u.s. priorities in confronting the gadhafi regime. >> also japan's nuclear crisis got even shakier this morning when the country was hit by yet another serious quake. also new reports of damaged fuel rods at the fukushima nuclear plant. we'll have the latest. >> and we'll lighten the mood later this half hour. march madness is not really madness to one talented teen out there. i'll introduce to you a guy who keeps tabs on college basketball like nobody else. you won't believe how much he's done at such a young age. >> you're in first place with the competition. >> not bragging yet. >>> first let's get down to the headlines. there are reports rebels have taken moammar gadhafi's hometown of sirte. >> that would be a big victory for the reb. s. they were aided by international air strikes overnight. >> continued u.s. involvement in the operation may be a tough sell. so the administration is now taking its case directly to the people today. abc's david kerley reports. >> do you think libya posed an actual or imminent threat to the
on fans not just here in the u.s., but around the world. >>> now to our other major story this morning. president obama is meeting with his top security team over the situation in libya this afternoon. the commander in chief is facing new pressure from republicans to justify the u.s. role in the conflict. meanwhile in libya, they say coalition forces have hit a fuel depot in tripoli. other targets were in benghazi and misrata. >>> earlier in benghazi residents took to the street to show their support for coalition air strikes. hundreds waved the red, black and green flag of libya's pre-gadhafi era. which has been adopted as the banner of the uprising. it was the opposite in tripoli where gadhafi supporters rallied in the neighborhood where the libyan leader lives. >>> and now to the nuclear crisis in japan. three workers at the crippled power plant were injured today after being exposed to radiation. just yesterday workers there were forced to evacuate when smoke spewed from a reactor. also this morning, water restrictions in tokyo have now been lifted. new tests on tap water show leve
takeover. the international military mission over libya moves into a new command. >> the u.s. military is scaling back in this aggressive effort today. it is wednesday, march 30th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning, i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. >>> as opposition forces continue to gain ground against the gadhafi regime, secretary of state hillary clinton is meeting with other international leaders to look for diplomatic ways to deal with the ongoing unrest. >>> also coming up, a huge discrimination suit against walmart goes before the supreme court. we're going to tell you about that and also take a look at the employers who are getting praised for the treatment of women on their work force. >>> you can't make this up, folks, the story of the day here. it's a police pursuit involving a suspect on a bicycle and cops trailing the guy in a golf cart and on horseback. >> reaching speeds of 10 and 12 miles an hour. >> it was a scene out of "die hard". >> oh, boy. >>> but before all that, the u.s. gives up the military lead in libya to nato,
obama told the nation about the u.s. military involvement in libya. >> but was the president specific enough in stating his case? it's tuesday, march 29th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. >>> the president's address comes as libya's rebel forces gain even more ground invading moammar gadhafi's turf. >> and also coming up, the radioactive nightmare in japan. see why it's called a slow-motion meltdown at the fukushima nuclear plant and why it's such a serious threat. overhead pictures are unbelievable. >>> also later in this half hour, one of our producer's favorite stories of the day, is a growing trend out there, believe it or not, raising chickens, yeah, chickens, in your backyard. >> is that your house? >> yeah, it is, actually. in this upscale south florida neighborhood some homeowner are crying, you know what, fowl. >> very popular trend. >>> we do begin with the president making his case for military action in libya. >> in his speech, mr. obama also promised the u.s. will get out of the lead role as
for a retired fbi agent who disappeared on a trip to iran four years ago. u.s. officials say they have received proof that robert levinson is still alive. they say indications are that levinson is being held in southwest asia sha his wife says the family is tremendously encouraged, obviously, but is still worried about his safety and well-being. >>> oil giant bp will not be paying bonuses to top executives responsible for operations during that massive gulf oil spill. that includes former ceo tony hayward who came under intense criticism. in the meantime the man handling the $20 billion compensation fund is also under attack. matt gutman reports. >> reporter: eight months ago the fish eshmen of the gulf gained hope when a new sheriff arrived in town. >> welcome to st. bernard parish. >> there's a structure in place. these payments will be made. come in, get a check, move on -- >> reporter: ken feinberg promised to fast track the $20 billion reimbursement fund from bp. how is it possible only 15% of the fund has been paid out? the average final payment, $12,000. no wonder shrimper darla gave up
. nissan is considering moving some of their production lines from japan to the u.s. they are the latest carmaker to announce changes to the production as a result of the quake. rob and peggy? >> a lot of people, when you say that, they're concerned, of course, about radiation contamination, also, is it spreading? what are you hearing right now? >> reporter: in items of contamination with the water, we heard yesterday from tokyo officials that it's safe here, but now we're hearing of radiation levels elevated in tap water in four prefectures that surround the city. so, clearly the news coming out is not easing any concerns. we are seeing people stocking up on bottled water just to make sure, just as a precaution. >> akiko fujita, a story we'll follow throughout the morning. thanks. >>> it could take years before japan is back to normal but the rebuilding is already under way and moving quickly in some spots. take a look at this section of highway in a photo on march 17th, rip apart by the quake. here's the same stretch of road only six days later. it's as good as news and actually reopen
and european union to be used in things like baby bottles. still here in the u.s., bpa is all around us and inside of us. an estimated 93% of americans have detectable levels of bpa in their bodies. but this study offers some good news, suggesting we can rid ourselves of bpa by simply changing what we eat. researchers took five families, each with two adults and two kids and had them stop using canned foods and plastic goods for three days. replacing those items with fresh foods and snacks stored in glass containers. the result, the bpa levels among family members dropped on average 60%. when the families went back to eating the old ways, their bpa levels went back up. >> it means if people make intelligent choices about the foods they eat and the packaging in which they store their foods, they could really reduce their exposure to synthetic chemicals in the environment. >> reporter: bpas are perfectly safe, approved by the fda to be in contact with food but researchers say if you're still worried, eat fresh food and store your snacks and leftovers in glass or stainless steel containers
. the reason why the u.s. conference of catholic bishops -- am i being upstaged? i feel like i am. they say this word is no longer appropriate. it makes kids in sunday school giggle. >> it didn't really mean anything. it's a different meaning, so they changed it. >> they say they needed a new translation because this is not really in vogue. they're getting rid of the word booty. so, this new edition comes out. it's been 17 years since they updated this and booty is one of the words getting the boot. >> booty is getting the boot. interesting stuff. >>> speaking of booties, this next story might make men want to attend therapy a little bit more often. sara white is a 24-year-old psychology buff and decided that the best way to increase that business is to do her therapy sessions, perform them naked. >> if you've been trying to get your husband into group therapy, here's your chance. >> $150 is the initial session price. she says that this goes out to all those dozens of people, men suffering here in new york. >> does she only counsel men? does she -- >> i'm sure that's the main clientele. >>
95 along florida's space coast will remain closed today because of a massive wildfire. part of u.s. 1 is also closed. the fire started monday morning and quickly grew to more than 6,000 acres in brevard and volusia counties. residents of 20 homes are chose ton leave. >>> wisconsin's governor says layoff notices could start being issued to some state workers today. scott walker insists that will be the case if wisconsin lawmakers do not pass a bill that would end state employees' collective bargaining rights. walker is also set to release a two-year budget proposal today. it's expected to include major cuts to education as well as to funding for local governments. >>> in washington, there seems to be some progress being made toward a deal that would avoid a federal government shutdown. >> but it is far from a long-term solution and does not address the nation's most serious spending issues. john hendren is in washington with details. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning. the senate returned to capitol hill to consider of all things patent reform at a time when the rest of the
to avoid radiation sickness. a u.s. official tells abc news a reactor explosion and fire could be catastrophic. >>> experts say friday's quake was a magnitude 9.0 jolt, that's been upgraded from the 8.9. the death toll could reach 10,000 in just one province alone. >>> japan's stock index the nikkei took another major dive. today's drop was around 12%, that's after a 6% plunge on monday. >>> and finally, it is almost impossible to actually fathom the disaster in the pacific but there's one other thing that also seems impossible. this time, however, it's good news. >> amongst all the death, destruction and even ongoing confusion, the japanese people have come together in some pretty unbelievable ways. here's diane sawyer. >> reporter: here in the landscape left behind by the storm without pity, the people here show what's always been at the heart of the japanese culture. you need the food. you need the food. >> oh, we are fine. we have enough for us. we want to share. >> reporter: in japan shinto buddhists and confucian traditions promote considering com
to you by the maker of the new breast milk baby. this spring it's hitting store shelves here in the u.s. the doll even sucks and cries and is beg your pardurped by th training. anyone here going to buy it. >> i don't think so. >> reporter: these parents of these little girls were divided as to whether they thought the concept was good. do you think little girls should be bred feeding dolls? >> not really. i probably would look at other dolls, though, before i would like at this one for her. >> reporter: your take on it? >> we've got another baby due in june. and i think it's going to be a really neat way for my daughter grace to identify and connect with mom. it's an interesting concept. >> reporter: as for our young panelists, they said they like the doll. what's your favorite part of the dolly? >> breast feed. >> reporter: breast feeding? >> yes. >> reporter: did you watch your little brother get breast fed by your mommy? >> yes. >> reporter: the company that creates breast milk baby has come under extreme fire by outraged parents. >> people have called us pedophiles, perverts, saying
on "world news now" -- pushing back. the president responds to political criticism over the u.s. military's involvement in libya. >> this, as he stands by his promise to hand off control of the libyan military mission to nato tomorrow. >>> it's tuesday, march 29th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> good morning. i'm peggy bunker. >> and i'm rob nelson. >>> as nato takes over the aerial assault in libya, opposition forces are taking over even more gadhafi-controlled territory. >>> and also coming up, a big scare for two small children in washington state. they had a life or death ordeal in quicksand, of all things. unbelievable. >>> later in this half hour, video gamers have been waiting for an all-new 3d experience. we'll introduce you to nintendo's new system, which just hit the shelves. >> work productivity going down yet even further. >> further and further, right. >>> first, president obama is on the defensive over the u.s. role in libya. mr. obama argued his case last night in front of the country. >> and the president also said nato
confidence. they say u.s. power plants are safe. that may not be enough to ease public concerns. new polling last week found a sharp decline in the percentage of americans who support building new nuclear plants. so far, that fear has not spread to capitol hill. lawmakers are certainly raising concerns but nuclear energy still has bipartisan support. >> i'm not persuaded that nuclear power should be deleted from the list of options that we look at. >> i wouldn't, if i were the president, sign an executive order to freeze all construction of nuclear plants as the president froze all drilling in the gulf coast after that disaster down there. >> reporter: right now there are 104 nuclear reactors across the united states. these facilities account for just 20% of the nation's electricity. far less than countries like japan and france. nuclear power there makes up 70% of the total electrical output. and developing nations such as schin that and india are moving quickly to catch up. the chinese are currently building 100 reactors. last year president obama said the u.s. cannot afford to fall behind
is expected to say he acted quickly to avert a humanitarian disaster. but when asked if u.s. involvement will last through the end of the year, gates said, no one knows. what does the president need to say tonight? >> he needs to convince the american people this is not going to be a long-term open-ended commitment. >> what is our end game? it actually has moved, i would argue, to the removal of gadhafi. >> reporter: the u.n. resolution does not cal fo regchane & ggrsively at ou >> what is our end game? it actually has moved, i would argue, to the removal of gadhafi. >> reporter: the u.n. resolution does not call for regime change but with nato now in the lead and the british and french governments speaking much more aggressively about ousting gadhafi, experts say the mission in libya could evolve. david kerley, abc news, the white house. >>> and the anti-government forces in libya are marching toward tripoli, thanks to the coalition air strikes. eyewitnesses say the rebels have entered the city of sirte without a fight. a heavy bombardment of tripoli, the capital
female workers are now presented to the u.s. supreme court. >> it's the biggest discrimination lawsuit ever and it also could have a widespread impact on the entire american work force. it's wednesday, march 30th. >> announcer: from abc news, this is "world news now." >>> and good morning, everybody. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm peggy bunker. >>> it was quite a dynamic debate in the supreme court with three female justices asking tough questions about this very emotional case. >> bringing up a lot of issues about men and women in the american work force. very -- >> don't get me started. come on. >>> also ahead, it is no man's land in northeast japan. we'll take you to the evacuation zone. some people are refusing to leave. >> mind-boggling. >>> coming up a bit later, the technology many car buyers now demand. we'll help you keep track of high-tech computers hitting new car show rooms. some of these cars you need a manual constantly. >> it's not the muffler, carburetor it's the microchip. >> yes, very smart these cars. >>> the nation's highest court looks ready to block a massive sex disc
? >>> more political news this morning. another u.s. senate seat is up for grabs. this one in nevada. republican john ensign has announced he will not run again. insiders say he stood little chance of being re-elected after admitting two years ago he had an extra-martial affair. he's the eighth senator to decide against a re-election run. >>> turning to the deadly unrest in libya. nato is operating surveillance flights over the country 24 hours a day. rebel forces have been feeling the wrath of moammar gadhafi's air force. the opposition also continues to press for a no-fly zone to be imposed. but an international effort to do that is just getting under way. in his latest interview, gadhafi accused foreign media of intentionally twisting the facts about the fighting. >>> as most of you know by now, the mess in libya has oil prices through the roof and that is forcing the costs we're paying at the pump higher as well. the average price per gallon is now $3.52. that's a new record for this time of year. that is up 39 cents per gallon in the past four weeks. >>> and as the president con
. >>> gorgeous shot there. well, this week president obama addressed the nation saying the u.s. had to act in libya. on tuesday he continued to push that message when he sat down with abc's diane sawyer. >> the two talked about where things now stand in that civil war-torn country as well as the future of its dictator, moammar gadhafi. >> reporter: as of this moment, any sign gadhafi wants out? >> well, i think what we're seeing is that the circle around gadhafi understands that the noose is tightening, that their days are probably numbered, and they're going to have to think through what their next steps are. >> we are hearing tonight, it's fierce fighting. the u.s. must send munitions. how long would it take to get there? >> well, you know, i wouldn't speculate on that. i think that it's fair to say that if we wanted to get weapons into libya we probably could. we're looking at all our options at this point. but keep in mind what we've accomplished. we have instituted no-fly zone that can be sustained for quite some time because it's an international effort. >> reporter: i want to try to
accuses him of being a spy. the case has damaged u.s. relations with pakistan, a key ally in the war on terror. >>> free speech was the winner at the supreme court, even if that speech is by most people's measure filled with hatred. the case involving the small right -- or the right of the small fundamentalist church to protest near the funerals of soldiers killed overseas. our supreme court correspondent and "nightline" anchor, terry moran has the details. >> reporter: their protests are so outrageous and so cruel -- ♪ america >> reporter: that the question for many americans is simple -- how can this be legal? the supreme court answered. speech is powerful, chief justice john roberts wrote in the court's opinion. it can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow and as it did here, inflict great pain. we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker. the court held that because the protests deal with public issues -- gays in the military, war in iraq -- they are protected under the constitution. we do not stifle public debate, roberts wrote. >> this is
in the u.s. go to work or look for work. but despite being more educated than ever before, and sometimes holding a higher degree than men in the same job, full-time women employees earn about 80% of what men make. >> one reason is that they're not going into the kind of fields high income producing. so, the president since early on in his administration has had an effort to encourage women and girls to go into science and technology and engineering math. >> another reason women may be paid less -- >> something i've seen is women don't know -- or they're unsure of how to actively advocate and negotiate a salary grt "good morning america" tested that theory offering volunteers anywhere from $5 to $12 an hour for taking part in a game. >> i would like the max, of course. >> reporter: half the men negotiated but only a third of the women. >> $5 okay? >> yeah. >> reporter: another reason for disparity is women are less available because they generally care for women and more frequently, elderly parents. a small percentage of companies go beyond government family leave requirements. google off
controversial videos made on a u.s. aircraft carrier. >> john hendren has the details in washington. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning. the navy found 25 raunchy videos were made aboard the "uss enterprise" and concluded senior officers fell far short of the standards navy holds for professional behavior and conduct. from ship to shore, it was a national embarrassment. crude language, riske shower scenes and one gay slur after another. >> let's ask the checkmates about being gay. that's not a good idea, is it. >> reporter: the man in the hugh hefner robe lost his command of the "uss enterprise" in january, shortly after this in-ship videos were made public by the virginiaen pilot newspaper. >> the investigation confirmed the profound lack of judgment on the part of captain honors, then serving as executive officer in "uss enterprise." >> reporter: though well liked by his crew -- >> i did not find him offensive in any way. i felt like he was doing it just to boost ship morale, that's it. >> reporter: the navy issued report on the videos. nonpunitive letters of caution to 32 ot
because i was in opposition to this plan. >> reporter: the u.s. justice department is investigating to determine if bell city leaders were violating the citizens' rights. the deeper they dig, the more outrageous this appears. in a state the police union says, the memo was merelily a parody of robert rizzo's profoundly nonsensical towing policy. >> it hurts. people were harmed. and they shouldn't have done that. >> reporter: people here want the bullying stopped and money back from city leaders they say crossed the line. mike von fremd, abc news, los angeles. >> unbelievable. >>> right now taking a look at your weather. the pacific northwest is battered again with heavy rain and strong winds. the rain stretches south to san francisco. and an arctic blast from canada moves across the upper midwest to the northeast bringing snow from adirondacks to maine. >> a bit warmer for the east. 67 in atlanta. 57 in baltimore. but a big drop across the upper midwest and great lakes. just 5 degrees in fargo. 29 in chicago. still cool in the west. just 62 in l.a. >>> around the corner, wedding weat
and frustration from muslim americans before some capitol hill hearings this week. they say the u.s. government is unfairly targeting them because of their religion. >>> you know she's got the golden touch. oprah winfrey has a knack for identifying new tv talent. we're going to meet a young comic in a wheelchair who is so promising he's landed his own show. >> on her network. inspiring story. >>> the fighting in libya has escalated drastically. gadhafi's military used gun ships, helicopters and rockets. to pound rebel forces. >> hospitals are now trying to cope with the constant flow of wounded fighters. lama hasan reports from benghazi. >> reporter: fierce battles raged on sunday's rebel fighters pushing westward toward tripoli were met by air attacks and ground forces loyal to libya's leader moammar gadhafi. >> all i saw is bombs and bullets. we were trying to escape and come back. i was begging everybody to, like, give me a ride. it was really scary. >> reporter: front line now appears to lie between two towns. they were telling us it was too dangerous to proceed.
in libya at the white house, to go over diplomatic options for the u.s. as martha raddatz reports, there's a limited list of options. >> reporter: president obama sounded clear enough -- >> the violence must stop. moammar gadhafi has lost legitimacy to lead and he must leave. >> reporter: but that looks less and less likely. what if gadhafi wins his battle with the rebels? you could see a blood bath with the libyan leader seeking revenge against the thousands who are opposing him. what is the u.s. willing to do to stop him? none of the options are appealing. setting up a no-fly zone to stop gadhafi's fighter jets. that would require hundreds of warplanes and take months to get going. sending in ground forces. no way the u.s. is committing to that. and what about arming the rebels? almost impossible since officials say they aren't certain who the rebels are. and remember, the u.s. helped arm mujahideen fighters in afghanistan in the '80s and some and some of those same armed fighters are terrorists. gadhafi has managed to survive where other dictators have failed because he still has his
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